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Labor & Employment E - Note - August 2014

In This Issue: - S.E.I.U. Helps Fast-Food Workers Battle for $15 an Hour Wage - Obama Announces Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order - Silicon Valley Hiring Conspiracy Settlement Insufficient, Judge...more

Employment Background Checks: Tips Employers Should Know to Comply With Federal Laws

Many employers rely on background checks to screen job applicants and employees when making important personnel decisions, including hiring, retention, and promotion. In March, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

eTrends - EEOC and FTC Issue Joint Guidance on the Use of Background Checks for Employment Purposes

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued joint guidance last month on the use of background checks for employment purposes. Two publications were released. One...more

New Guidance on Background Checks Issued by the FTC and EEOC

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued joint guidance addressing the use of background checks in employment decisions. The guidance does not offer new...more

Act Now Advisory: How to Gather, Use, and Dispose of Background Information in Compliance with Federal Law - Helpful Guidance for...

The decision whether to hire or promote a particular job candidate is no small matter for employers, particularly in a climate where there are often numerous applicants for limited positions. To assist in this decision-making...more

EEOC and FTC Issue Joint Publications on Background Checks

On March 10, 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly released two pamphlets on the use of background checks in the workplace: (a) one directed at employers...more

FTC and EEOC Issue Joint Guidance on Employer Use of Background Checks

A new joint publication of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) serves as a reminder to employers of the risks that come with the use of background information when making...more

Senate Passes an Antitrust “Whistleblower” Protection Bill

On November 4, 2013, the United States Senate passed S. 42, the “Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act,” by unanimous consent. The legislation, introduced back in January of 2013 with bipartisan support (Senators Leahy (D)...more

Senate approves new protection for criminal antitrust whistleblowers

This month, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved proposed legislation which would protect whistleblowers who alert authorities or their employers to suspected criminal antitrust activity (referred to as the Criminal Antitrust...more

U.S. Senate Unanimously Passes Antitrust Whistleblower Protection Bill

On November 4th, the Senate voted unanimously to expand whistleblower protections in criminal antitrust cases by passing the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act (CAARA). This bill provides whistleblower protections to...more

Angry and Abusive Chefs on Celebrity Cooking Shows Are Normal, But It is a Different Story When the Abuse is Allegedly Race-Based

Paula Deen, a celebrity chef known for her extreme Southern cooking and excesses, has been embroiled in scandal for the last several months, bringing together an odd mix of legal and marketing issues, celebrity, and Southern...more

Social Media Risks and Compliance

Companies continue to access social media sites to monitor employees and assess job applicants. They do so in the face of increasing risks. Federal and state laws and regulations are rapidly changing as social media use by...more

What’s Not To Like About Social Media?

Whether it is the creation of instant stardom for a homeless man (the “voice” Ted Williams) through a viral YouTube video, or the tweeting of a congresswoman’s imminent meeting in a parking lot and subsequent tweeting of the...more

California Supreme Court Again Confirms a Penalty is Not Restitution Under the UCL

Recently, we reported on the California Supreme Court’s decision in Clark v. Superior Court (National Western Life Insurance Company), wherein the Court confirmed that the only monetary remedy available under the Unfair...more

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